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Police Ticket Quota System Now a Thing of the Past

A new law may mend animosity between Illinois drivers and police officers who need to make their ticket quotas.

If you've been driving for a long time, there's a good chance you know the pit-in-your-stomach feeling when you look up to see blue and red flashing lights of a police car in your rear view mirror.

A ticket for traffic violations in Illinois can mean fines, online driving school, your license held as bond and possibly a court date.

However, police officers may now have less incentive to go after drivers for minor traffic violations.

Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a measure that bans police departments from setting ticket quotas for their officers, which takes effect immediately for local, county and state police.

While this new law may be welcome news to Illinois drivers, this week is an important one for Illinois voters and the final push for redistricting reform, which hopefully will result in an end to gerrymandering of Illinois state legislative districts.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Max Smart June 25, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Or they just shake down drug dealers and sell the drugs.
Vicky Kujawa June 26, 2014 at 02:59 AM
Wish they would just ticket all of the idiot drivers floating around. Seems like when Wisconsin drivers visit here they drive like morons. Why do we need to carry uninsured motorist insurance? I thought that not having insurance was illegal........?
lala June 26, 2014 at 08:57 AM
They could easily make a small fortune ticketing all those that continue to text and drive. I saw a woman the other day driving and holding an iPad On the top of her stearing wheel.
Carol S. Kohn June 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM
I'm glad to know that this has happened!

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